According to Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan, the original decision to close these stores “was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for [Sony] to focus more of [its] resources on newer devices where a majority of [its] gamers are playing on.”
In short, Sony wanted to cut costs, and wasn’t prepared for the (understandable) backlash.
So for now, the Vita and PS3 PlayStation Stores will stay functional, though who knows for how long. However, the PSP store will still disappear on July 2, so hopefully it’ll still be possible to buy digital games via the Vita store instead.
While their closure is no longer an issue right now, we’d still recommend picking up any digital games that you may have missed over the years. The Vita and PS3 both have lots of great titles that have never made it to other systems, so it’s worth giving their stores a browse — especially if you’re a fan of Japanese games.
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